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Geography

Departmental Intent:

At St Antony’s Roman Catholic School, our Geography education inspires pupils with curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Learners are equipped with knowledge about varied places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. The main features of the Geography curriculum are as follows:

  • At St Antony’s, we believe that Geography is a pupil’s gateway to the rest of the world. Our broad curriculum has been selected to ensure pupils are equipped with knowledge about current issues facing the world around us, while also ensuring students are taught the geographical skills they need for the future. We are aware of the power of Geography in addressing social disadvantage both internationally and locally and as a consequence the curriculum is designed to address these issues.
  • As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. We assess at regular intervals to check understanding.
  • In Year 7, and taking KS2 prior learning into account, pupils focus on establishing basic locational knowledge, place knowledge (of their own surroundings first) and various aspects of physical and human geography. This permeates into more complex themes in Y8 and by Y9 the sequencing of curriculum enables pupils to have a firm grasp of the subject across the National Curriculum whether that is their end point or whether they advance to GCSE. Whilst studying GCSE, pupils will apply prior knowledge to the assessment objectives for Eduqas B, demonstrating knowledge, understanding, application and the skills needed to be successful geographers.
  • The curriculum seeks to address gaps and common misconceptions in pupils’ knowledge and skills; it takes into consideration what has been taught previously and gaps in learning that have arisen as a result of the pandemic. The curriculum is reviewed and updated regularly.
  • At KS3 all pupils study Geography and, in addition, Geography is an option for all pupils at KS4. The curriculum is constructed in accordance with the National Curriculum to ensure a breadth of geographical study is undertaken.
  • We have high ambitions for our students academically, vocationally and technically regardless of ability. This includes students with SEND where adaptations are made to help with accessibility of content studied. Pupils are encouraged to become independent learners outside of the classroom in order to know more and remember more.

We believe that Geography is a pupil’s gateway to the rest of the world. Our curriculum has been selected to ensure pupils are equipped with knowledge about current issues facing the world around us, while also ensuring students are taught the Geographical Skills they need for the future.

‘’The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.’ Barack Obama

 

Extra-curricular activities:

  • KS4 Revision Booster Sessions to enhance subject knowledge and exam practice.
  • Globetrotters KS3 Club
  • Fieldtrips at KS3 and KS4 level to bring the subject to life. Destinations include North Wales, Rivington Pike and Salford Quays.